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Is anyone here a certified personal trainer?

#1 Postby stigaman » Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:01 pm

Interested in the field and was wondering what is the best cost effective way to get your certification? A friend of mine told me acefitness.org is good.
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#2 Postby VeganEssentials » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:20 pm

There are some other threads on here that go into great detail about it, but the general concensus is, you first need to know if you plan to train people in another person's gym or if you'll be doing it in your own studio or other people's homes. Some gyms require specific certifications or sometimes even degrees before they will let you train people there, some are less specific. But, the last thing you want to do is get an easy certification only to find that none of the gyms in your area will let you train there for not having met their requirements.

Start with the plan of where you'd like to train, if it's at other gyms, ask around and see what their required certifications are for employment consideration. ACE is pretty much the standard entry-level certification that doesn't really get you a great qualification (many places in my area won't accept it from trainers), but opens the door at some facilities and will let you train people independantly of other gyms if you plan to do it at your own location or someone else's home. Once you know where you plan to start, you can plot the best course of action.

Also, don't forget that you'll need lots and lots of liability insurance. I hear that $3 million is becoming the norm for what trainers are expected to carry at some places now, so that's something to factor in as well and ask about at gyms in your area as well.

Lots to think about!
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Re: Is anyone here a certified personal trainer?

#3 Postby stigaman » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:31 pm

Thank you for your reply. I asked the owner of the gym I frequent, he said I have a job once I get certified.. I'm going to go through with it. And wow liability insurance is crazy..
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Re: Is anyone here a certified personal trainer?

#4 Postby VeganEssentials » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:21 pm

I don't believe that the insurance is too costly, but I know a lot of gyms these days are wanting people to have some pretty high minimums for training folks under their roof. Nobody wants to be caught holding the bag if something bad happens, so be prepared to get insurance for trainers as soon as you get things moving and are closer to doing it as a profession!
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#5 Postby Duncan_Idaho » Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:03 pm

I can recommend C.O.R.F.I.T (www.corfit.com). There are wonderful textbooks which some other schools use. It is not vegetarian, much less vegan but it is open minded and not sectarian at all. Also a very enjoyable experience, very friendly and down to earth. Strong science and a solid practical component.
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#6 Postby Rawmatt » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:02 am

NFPT = New Life Personal Training. Cost 400$ guaranteed a job at any location for Anytime Fitness.

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Re: Is anyone here a certified personal trainer?

#7 Postby vegansludge » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:10 am

VeganEssentials wrote:There are some other threads on here that go into great detail about it, but the general concensus is, you first need to know if you plan to train people in another person's gym or if you'll be doing it in your own studio or other people's homes. Some gyms require specific certifications or sometimes even degrees before they will let you train people there, some are less specific. But, the last thing you want to do is get an easy certification only to find that none of the gyms in your area will let you train there for not having met their requirements.

Start with the plan of where you'd like to train, if it's at other gyms, ask around and see what their required certifications are for employment consideration. ACE is pretty much the standard entry-level certification that doesn't really get you a great qualification (many places in my area won't accept it from trainers), but opens the door at some facilities and will let you train people independantly of other gyms if you plan to do it at your own location or someone else's home. Once you know where you plan to start, you can plot the best course of action.

Also, don't forget that you'll need lots and lots of liability insurance. I hear that $3 million is becoming the norm for what trainers are expected to carry at some places now, so that's something to factor in as well and ask about at gyms in your area as well.

Lots to think about!


Thanks to the OP for starting this thread and for this response! I've been seriously considering getting my certification but haven't had as much time to look into going about it the best way since starting my new job.
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